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Blood Orange Sidecar – Blood Orange Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 5, 2023 by Leah Hall

A fabulous winter version of the classic sidecar, with blood orange juice, this Blood Orange Cocktail is perfect!


In the world of cocktails, there are nearly an infinitive variety of cocktails that are offered up to drinkers, but there are some cocktails that are considered great as a foundation for building on. One of these cocktails is the sidecar, one of the simplest of all cocktails, with a spirit, a sour and a sweet all in balance to create a tart, spirit forward cocktail.

Blood orange sidecars in vintage cocktail coupe and garnished with blood orange wheels.

Blood Orange Sidecar

This simplicity is part of the reason the sidecar is perfect for riffing on, which is how we ended up with our Blood Orange Sidecar, which is such an easy rum and blood orange cocktail!


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Blood orange sidecars in vintage cocktail coupe and garnished with blood orange wheels. Mixing glass in background

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Classic Sidecar Cocktail

The sidecar is one cocktail that any bartender should have in their repertoire as it is an absolute classic having been around since the last days of World War I. Reputed to have been invented by the folks at the Ritz Hotel in Paris where American, French and English soldiers commonly visited for a little R&R.

This libation proved to be popular with the soldiers and its popularity carried on to their home countries which helped spread this cocktail to bars all over the world!

Top shot of a pair of blood orange sidecar cocktails, blood orange slices on glass rims

Naturally, once a cocktail get to a new location and the locals have a chance to play with it, it starts to take on a life of its own as new variations are created! For our take on the sidecar, The Blood Orange Sidecar, we decided we wanted to use one one of our favorite citrus fruits, the blood orange, to bring a little color and warmth to this traditional sour cocktail.


What flavors for this sidecar?

We love the intense orange flavor that blood oranges bring to a cocktail (check out our Blood and Bourbon!) plus the color is just plain gorgeous! Blood oranges also bring a little hint of raspberry flavor in their juice, making for a fun ingredient to use in cocktails!

Blood orange sidecars in vintage cocktail coupe and garnished with blood orange wheels.

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The Blood Orange Sidecar uses a combination of brandy and rum as the base spirits, both of which pair well with the tartness of fresh citrus. Brandy is the traditional base spirit found in the sidecar, but for this one we wanted to add in a little brown sugar warmth with a splash of rum.


Orange liqueur adds a bit more orange flavor while adding a bit of sweetness to balance the tartness of the citrus brought by the blood orange and lime juices.


What Ingredients are Needed for the Blood Orange Sidecar?

  • Brandy
  • Blood Orange Juice
  • Orange Liqueur
  • Lime Juice
  • Aged Rum


A beautiful balance of sweet and sour, the Blood Orange Sidecar is a favorite of ours for it simplicity, gorgeous color and elegance. Adding blood orange juice gives a deep rich red color to the drink, making it a striking drink to add to any dinner table. If you want another cocktail with blood orange, the Blood and Bourbon or the Blood Orange Gin Sour are the way to go!




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Blood orange sidecars in vintage cocktail coupe and garnished with blood orange wheels.
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Blood Orange Sidecar - A Blood Orange and Brandy Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

A twist on the classic sidecar, this screams winter citrus flavors.


Blood Orange Sidecar

  • 1 ounce brandy
  • .50 ounce aged rum
  • .50 ounce orange liqueur
  • .50 ounce fresh squeezed blood orange juice
  • .25 ounce lime juice


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

Place some ice in your glass to chill before pouring your drink. Dispose of ice before putting the cocktail in.

Pour in all ingredients in shaker.

Shake well and strain into the chilled glass.

Garnish with a slice of blood orange. If you need this a bit sweeter, sugar the rim of your cocktail before pouring.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 2.2gFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1.4gProtein: 0.1g

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Sunday 21st of February 2016

Yummy, that sounds delicious!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 21st of February 2016

Thanks, Angie! it is!

Dana Peller (@Pellerini)

Sunday 21st of February 2016

I've never had a sidecar before - and this one would be the best one to try!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 21st of February 2016

Give it a try and let us know how you liked it!


Sunday 21st of February 2016

That sounds so wonderful!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 21st of February 2016

Thanks! Hope you give it a try!


Saturday 20th of February 2016

I love blood orange! This sounds delicious! Might need to make these this weekend!

xo Ashley

The 'Noms.

Saturday 20th of February 2016

It is really good! The color is amazing!

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